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Kilimanjaro Shira 7Bp
is the best non-technical seven night private trek on the Shira Trail
, which starts its ascent from the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro
in the northeast region of Tanzania
Night 1 : Shira One
Night 2 : Shira Two
Night 3 : Moir Hut
Night 4 : Lava Tower
Night 5 : Karanga Valley
Night 6 : Barafu
Night 7 : Millennium
Starting high above the forest, the trail leads for two days out across the moorland of the Shira Plateau, before diverting to the little-visited Moir Hut and exploring the wilderness of the Lent Hills and then traversing below the Southern Icefields to summit from Barafu, before descending down the Mweka Trail.
The trek uses a very clever traffic avoidance technique, which join the often busy Machame Trail several hours later than the main body of trekkers and camping in different locations. Only on the last three nights are you likely to be exposed to traffic.
Altitude acclimatisation is exceptional, with some superb acclimatisation treks in the Lent Hills and the lower Western Breach, enabling trekkers to really walk high and sleep low. The only slight downside is that the first two nights are relatively high, which leads to around 1% of trekkers giving up early on. But the vast majority of those who get past that go on to reach the summit, the success rate is an extraordinary 94%.
We can operate this trek for private groups of any size, departing for the mountain on any day, subject to availability, but recommend starting out Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday to avoid coinciding with the weekend traffic on the last three nights.
We tend to recommend it most to trekkers who are very confident about their fitness and ability to cope with the rigours of camping out on the mountain.
The main downside is that the Shira Trail does start at quite a high elevation, which means we get around 1% of trekkers drop out on the first or second days if they do not take an ALTOX Personal Oxygen System. But this is far outweighed by the altitude advantages later in the trek.Trek basicsWho can trekDegree of difficultyAltitude sicknessRoute selectionTrip planningTrek specificationsPrice and availabilityPreparation before departurePre-trek briefingPost-trek feedbackMountain factfile